Northwestern University

Thu 10:00 AM

BMG Seminar: Understanding resistance to therapy in blood cancers in the post-genomic era - Panagiotis Ntziachristos, PhD

When: Thursday, January 18, 2018
10:00 AM - 11:00 AM  

Where: Robert H Lurie Medical Research Center, Gray Seminar Room, 303 E. Superior, Chicago, IL 60611 map it

Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student - Post Docs/Docs - Graduate Students

Contact: Beverly Kirk   312.503.5217

Group: Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics Seminar Series

Category: Lectures & Meetings


The Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics Departmental Seminar Series presents:

Panagiotis Ntziachristos, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

T cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (T-ALL) is a highly aggressive (refractory, relapsed) blood cancer. The focus of our laboratory is to identify and target mechanisms of chemotherapy resistance in high-risk ALL. We show that protein levels of certain oncogenic components (including DNA damage response pathways and the splicing machinery) are aberrantly regulated in T-ALL via a direct interaction with deubiquitinases, in the absence of genetic alterations. This ultimately leads to chemotherapy resistance and disease relapse. In this talk we will discuss the mechanistic underpinnings of non-genomic mechanisms of drug resistance, their use in disease prognosis and ways to therapeutically target them.

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